Texas Gatorfest is an annual gathering in Anahuac, Texas, the so-called 'alligator capitol of Texas'. The small town sits near the state's southern shore, along the Gulf of Mexico, in an area that is prime gator habitat. Drawing in a crowd for the carnival atmosphere as much as the alligators, the festival honors the wild animal with a sense of deference while simultaneously celebrating killing the beast for consumption or decoration.
T.J. Kirkpatrick is an independent photographer living in Washington, D.C. while working on long-term projects across the country. His work is split between seeking the connections shared by different people and observing the quirks of American cultures. T.J. focuses on themes of hope and belief, and strives to communicate the stories of the people he meets and the communities they create.